NJAMHAA Heartened by Gov. Christie’s Commitment to Substance Use Treatment and Mental Healthcare Services in Proposed Budget for FY 2016
Despite Governor Christie’s focus on the need to reform the pension system and to save on healthcare costs during his address on the FY 2016 State Budget, the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies, Inc. (NJAMHAA) is encouraged by evidence of the Governor’s commitment to substance use treatment and mental healthcare services in his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016.
“Based on previous conversations with the Administration about the forthcoming budget, we are pleased that the Governor underscores the importance of addiction treatment services for the general population, as well as the justice involved population, and mental health services. We are heartened that there are some increases in the proposed budget for these areas, as well as for children’s services,” said Debra L. Wentz, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of NJAMHAA, a trade association representing providers of mental healthcare and substance use treatment services throughout the state.
“We look forward to learning the details of the budget when they become available and to working with the Administration and State Legislature both to preserve what is in the Governor’s proposed budget and also to increase funding where possible,” Dr. Wentz